There are hundreds of different holistic treatment options- after all you’re each a unique individual, right? I’ve only touched on just the tip of the iceberg below.
Improve Your Diet. Would you let your car run out of gas? Would you put “bad gas” in your car if you knew it could have long term damaging effects? Then why wouldn’t you fuel your body with the same standards? Danielle Donley points out some great tips for improving your diet here. My personal favorite of her tips is the Fooducate app she mentions. This app can be used with a QR Code scanner on a smart phone. Simply scan the barcode of a product to see the Fooducate grade, not to mention other helpful hints about the product. This is an easy way that you can make adjustments to your body. By taking baby steps like eliminating soda from his diet, Jim was able to work his way to feeling better, having more energy, and having more energy, longer. He also lost a few pounds, which could have had some effect on his reduced back pain. Jim’s advice to anyone trying to change their diet: take it one step at a time. Once you master one thing, then move on to the next. First it’s quitting the cola- cold turkey, and then it’s adding more fruits and veggies every day in place of potato chips or French Fries.
Add some activity to your day. Not interested in hitting the track or lifting weights? There are plenty of other options like Yoga or Zumba that New Ager’s have picked up on. Work on the third floor in your office building? Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator next time. Going to the mall and see there’s an open spot in one of the first rows? Choose to park in the back for the extra steps. There are plenty of ways to get more activity in your day. The point is to just do it! Exercise has more benefits than fitting into last year’s jeans. It can actually improve your pain and mental state. Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins; these endorphins interact with your pain receptors. More on exercise and endorphins from WebMD here.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine which helps rebalance your energy, or Qi (pronounced chee) by inserting extremely thin needles into specific places, known as meridians, on the body. It has been increasing in popularity with the New Age Movement. Our friend Jim, from the beginning of the article, has actually tried acupuncture, and he says it is not painful at all. He was skeptical about it at first, but he’s glad he did it. He felt very relaxed after it all.
Aromatherapy is the use of aromas and oils in plants and herbs. Herbs have been used for thousands of years, with the first known recording of herb use for healing being written 5,000 years ago. Be careful not to be scammed by a fancy advertising gimmick that uses “aromatherapy” instead of “smells good”. Jim says the aromatherapy piece of his treatment has probably been the least effective out of all, but has still provided some great relief. He has used certain oils to help relive the back pain. He has also used true aromatherapy candles to help him relax and focus on balancing his mind and spirit.
Massages can have immense healing power. Insurance will even cover the cost sometimes. Manipulation of the muscles and tissue can “ease muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness,” according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Plus, who doesn’t want a massage? Jim says his pain relief is incredible after receiving a massage. When talking with me about these benefits, he couldn’t say enough positive things about his massages. This is by far his favorite of all the holistic treatments he has tried because he has received the best results.
What are some other types of holistic treatments that you have explored?